OT Font Question

Adrian Williams adrian at clubtype.co.uk
Thu Oct 2 04:16:19 EDT 2008


Mark,
I have mailed you some better examples off-list.
Adrian


On 1 Oct 2008, at 23:24, Mark Swindell wrote:

> Never mind that last.  I see the list and examples at the bottom of  
> the page.  It would be nice if the jpg were of higher resolution so  
> I could see them more clearly.
>
> Mark
>
> On Oct 1, 2008, at 10:28 AM, Adrian Williams wrote:
>
>> We offer a digraphs font exactly as you describe.
>> The original typefaces were researched and developed
>> for use in education to teach children and adults (this version)...
>> http://www.clubtype.co.uk/fonts/sas/s460sample.html
>>
>> Sassoon® Jolly Phonics Digraph fonts will enable you to write easy- 
>> to-use pronunciation guides for children or adults.
>>
>> This product is part of the larger Sassoon® Project...
>> http://www.clubtype.co.uk/fonts/sas/sasslist_com.html
>>
>> Hope that helps?
>> Adrian
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>>
>>
>> On 30 Sep 2008, at 05:31, Mark Swindell wrote:
>>
>>> Devin,
>>>
>>> Thanks for the link.  I'm actually after something that I think  
>>> may not exist.  It would be similar in function to an IPA font,  
>>> but with regular English character pairs whose kerning would be  
>>> reduced so that they would represent a single visual unit,  
>>> mirroring how they represent sound.  "Good" would be "G oo d" and  
>>> "shallow" would be "sh a ll ow."  It would require tweaking the  
>>> kerning between digraph letter pairs and dipthongs to tighten them  
>>> up, while keeping regular spacing between these double letters,  
>>> single letters, and words.
>>>
>>> I'm not sure it's worth the trouble to create, but in teaching I  
>>> find that some children have a difficult time seeing that "sh" for  
>>> example, is not "s h" but rather its own phonetic unit.  (A  
>>> parallel: until fairly recently, "ch" was the fourth letter of the  
>>> Spanish alphabet, though it was never represented with tighter  
>>> kerning... I think the Real Academia might have done away with  
>>> that one, as well as the "ll", at least for purposes of  
>>> alphabetizing.  (Wikpedia: In 1994, it ruled that the Spanish  
>>> consonants CH (ché) and LL (elle) would hence be alphabetized  
>>> under C and under L, respectively, and not as separate, discrete  
>>> letters, as in the past.)
>>>
>>> The idea was to be able to present text to kids written with these  
>>> combinations emphasized while retaining a somewhat natural look.
>>>
>>> Mark,
>>>
>>> On Sep 29, 2008, at 12:28 PM, Devin Asay wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sep 29, 2008, at 12:34 PM, Mark Swindell wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Does anyone here know if there exists a font that combines the  
>>>>> letters
>>>>> that make phonemes, be they digraphs, dipthongs, or just multiple
>>>>> letters (oo, ee, ea)?
>>>>>
>>>>> For example, the word "cough" would have three phonemic chunks:  
>>>>> c - ou
>>>>> - gh.
>>>>>
>>>>> But the phonetic representations of the short o phoneme (ou) and  
>>>>> the /
>>>>> f/ (gh) would be squished up against each other so they would be
>>>>> recognized as a chunk, not as separate letters?  Does this make  
>>>>> sense?
>>>>
>>>> Not exactly sure what you are after. Would an IPA font do what  
>>>> you wanted? You can get some very good ones from sil.org:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.sil.org/computing/catalog/show_software_catalog.asp?by=cat&name=Font
>>>>
>>>> HTH
>>>>
>>>> Devin
>>>>
>>>> Devin Asay
>>>> Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
>>>> Brigham Young University
>>>>
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